Softball is an unforgiving game, as El Toro High School pitcher Dawn Robertson can verify.
Robertson struck out 10, gave up three hits and no earned runs but lost to Arroyo, 2-1, in the Southern Section 2-A championship game at Mayfair Park Friday.
Meanwhile, her counterpart from Arroyo, sophomore pitcher Laura Lewis (21-1), didn't strike out a batter and allowed five hits, relying on an excellent defense to lead the team to the first softball title in school history.
Softball tends to favor the front-runners, and Arroyo (22-1) grabbed that role in its first trip to the plate.
With one out, left-handed hitter Teena Vasquez singled to left. Then the No. 3 hitter, Missy Phillips, with a fearsome .603 batting average, popped up. Catcher Karen Robertson, Dawn's sister, misjudged it and dropped it.